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Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Odyssey of the Seas launch delayed due to onboard Covid outbreak






Royal Caribbean has delayed the start of operations for new ship Odyssey of the Seas due to an outbreak of Covid-19 among the ship's crew.


It was due to begin sailing on 3 July but has been postponed until 31 July.


Eight crew members tested positive with six asymptomatic and two wth mild symptoms.


"All 1,400 crew onboard Odyssey were vaccinated on June 4 and will be considered fully vaccinated on June 18. These positive cases were identified after the vaccination was given but before they were fully effective," the cruise line said.


"Guests and travel partners will be notified and given several options to consider."


The eight crew members are in quarantine and are being monitored, while all other crew are being quarantined for 14 days to make sure there is no further spread.


Odyssey of the Seas is scheduled to operate Caribbean cruises out of Port Everglades.

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